Larger meters are often installed to accommodate home fire sprinklers, irrigation systems, and homes with more water fixtures. The size of the meter installed is determined by the builder or engineer who designed the home, not by the City. The meter size installed is determined to be the size necessary for the volume and pressure necessary to accommodate the property’s water fixtures, however, downsizing a meter is an option.
However, if a 1 1/2-inch or 2-inch meter is currently installed, the City’s Utility Operations Department recommends downsizing to no smaller than a 1-inch meter. A noticeable difference in volume and pressure may be experienced if the irrigation system and other water fixtures are running at the same time.
Contact a Plumber & Obtain a Permit
It would be necessary to enlist a plumber to change the meter. The plumber would assess the situation and inform you of the impact of downsizing your meter based on your particular home and if any adjustments to piping would be necessary. The plumber would need to obtain a permit from Building Inspections prior to exchanging the meter and then request an inspection after the meter is installed. A new meter can be purchased from Building Inspections. The cost of a 1-inch meter is $299.25, while a 5/8-inch meter is $178.50.